Archive for April, 2010

New Media Writing Prize

The UK’s first major prize for new media writing is now open. For the New Media Writing Prize… ” … Poole Literary Festival have partnered with The Media School at Bournemouth University to establish the Prize, which will allow writers working with New Media to showcase their skills, provoke discussion and raise awareness of new […]

Shiny new mac

Building Design features Birmingham’s newly-rebuilt (£15m) mac arts centre… It’s set to re-open to the public on 1st May 2010.

UK games industry is now irrelevant?

The Games Brief videogames industry newsletter declares that the UK no longer matters in terms of major videogame developers, partly as a result of the utter neglect of (and even attacks on) the sector by the Labour government. It mentions that local company Codemasters has been 50% purchased by an Indian company. I’m not sure […]

Compulsory finger-painting not on the agenda, then…

Pete Ashton reports on Birmingham’s pre-election debate on the creative industries.


Ghostsigns… “a collaborative national effort to photograph, research and archive the remaining examples of hand painted wall advertising in the UK and Ireland. Ghostsigns are the typically faded remains of advertising that was once painted by hand onto the brickwork of buildings.”

Creative Industries election debate in Brum

For what it’s worth, a General Election debate among the main parties on… “the future of the creative industries”. The evening of Tuesday 20th April 2010 at the Birmingham Hippodrome, UK.

English toy theatre book

Nigel Peever of Crewe has just generously published his huge collection of vintage English toy-theatre sheets and associated die-cut cut-outs, as a 400-page £60 Blurb print-on-demand book…


CycleStreets, a new grassroots volunteer-led project to provide cycle-route mapping. It’s grown out of a Cambridge-based service, and has now expanded to the whole of the UK. It uses Open Street Map and integrates with Google Earth. It’s currently in beta… Why is there still a massive gap in the traffic-free network between Wolverhampton and […]

Precise YouTube embedding on blogs

You have a YouTube video embedded on a free blog. You want the video to skip all the tedious intro fluff and go to a specific juicy morsel. Even though the WordPress software strips out the copy-&-paste embed code. Once you’ve saved a post the YouTube embed ends up looking like this… So […]


Is it a robot, a vacuum-cleaner, an artwork, a TV, a personal assistant? All of these… and a concept, at present…

R.I.P. (it up) Malcolm

With the too-early death of Malcolm McLaren it seems apt to ask if the creative underground is once again underground. It may seem silly to ask such a question, in an age of creative abundance when everything appears to be instantly public and “just one click away” and covered in depth by a multitude of […]

Creative Survival in Hard Times

Creative Survival in Hard Times is a new report from New Deal of the Mind, commissioned by the Arts Council. It explores policy options for supporting young creatives in the UK, and the key useful suggestions are: * “urge the next government to establish an enterprise scheme … based on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme of […]

Rhubarb slips off Custard

Aw, no more possibilities for awful ‘rhubarb and custard’ blog post titles… because Birmingham’s Rhubarb Rhubarb is moving out of the Custard Factory.

Spore to iClone pipeline

A viable Spore creature to iClone conversion pipeline. Keeping bones, weighting and textures intact — meaning it can then be animated in iClone.